Its common knowledge that posting on other blogs is one of the most powerful ways to promote your blog. Guest blogging once popular amongst bloggers is now being implemented by everyone that’s involved in internet marketing, including businesses with an online presence, copywriters etc. Guest blogging is also proven to be one of the best ways to build authority as well as high quality, Google animal backlinks to your blog.
As a newbie first venturing out into the blogosphere, your top priority would be to create lots of high quality content for your blog. But if you’re interested in becoming a guest writer it can be challenging to try and get your foot in the door with some blog owners, as many want to see what you’ve written before is genuinely good content. So how do you get onto the guest posting ladder as a newbie?
One solution is by using Hubpages, it’s the perfect alternative to guest blogging on other blogs… and that exactly where I started too.
Instead of chasing around after blog owners to ask if you’re able to guest-post on their blogs, consider writing and posting on the Hubpages website.
Guest Blogging On HubPages
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The Hubpages website?
Often people categorize Hubpages as just another fancy social based article directory; however it is much more than that. Hubpages has a crew of 24 and to date has around 1.2 million hub posts published. With around 200,000 users all writing and posting unique content known as hubs.
So how is Hubpages an alternative to guest posting?
First of all you’ll need to create a free account with Hubpages, it’s pretty simple to get registered. Once you’re on board you can begin to add information to your profile, upload a photo, and add links back to your blog or your website, and yes, they’re do-follow links, which will help your search engine rankings.
One of the great other benefits of using Hubpages is that you can make money from your posts as well as get backlinks and traffic. The affiliate section allows you to add your Google AdSense publisher and Kontera ID and you can also add your affiliate codes from Amazon and eBay.
Just like a regular blog, readers of your hubs can leave comments below your posts and you can engage with them as you would guest writing for any other blog in a normal environment.
Other features include hub statistics, feedback and broken links, traffic sources, groups, categories and comments as mentioned above; questions and answers, a fan mail and much more. You can also follow other Hubbers as well as bookmark your favorite hubs.
The community is one of the highlighted features with Hubpages. You can make friends simply by reading posts written by other Hubbers in similar niches, engage with them and follow them and in turn they will follow you back. Readers means traffic to your blog…
So if you’re still searching for the perfect blog to guest write on? Get on Hubpages first, as your alternative to guest posting, and start getting traffic, backlinks and readers to your blog. Once you have a couple of well established posts you can pitch to blog authors and use the links to your hubs as proof of the quality of your work.